NCNGA Weekly Guardsman for January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017

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NC Guardsman follows in family tradition, commits to a life of service  North Carolina National Guard via DVIDS Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Less than one percent of the American population currently serves in the United States Armed Forces, but for one North Carolina National Guardsman, it is the only life he has ever known. North Carolina Army National Guard Capt. Timothy Thomas, who currently serves as the logistics officer for the 1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, is the fourth generation of his family to join the military, continuing a tradition that starts with his great-grandfather who initially joined the Army Air Corps, which later became the Air Force, and served in WWII and Korea. Read More…

NCNGA 56th Annual Convention registration open  NCNGA  Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Our North Carolina National Guard Association and Time and Place Committee are proud to announce that this year’s 56th annual Convention will be hosted at Sea Trail Resort in Sunset beach between March 18-19. It has been a number of years since we have been at Sea Trail and the coast, we are happy to bring it back by popular demand. With the great accommodations and amenities at the resort we believe this year will surpass previous years’ attendance, so we encourage you to book early. We are currently wrapping up items like our agenda, entertainment and Convention theme. Once we have these locked in we will push it out through our Facebook page and Weekly Guardsman. We appreciate your support and encourage you to take full advantage of our Early Bird prices. You can register and see more details at Read More…

Help your association: Run for the NCNGA Executive Council!  NCNGA Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The Nominating & Credentials Committee is actively seeking qualified candidates to run for Executive Council seats. Upcoming vacancies will be filled at the next convention to be held 18-19 March, 2017, at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Tickets for Great Raffles will be given to all voting NCNGA Members! Let your voice be heard! Read More…

How the military decides who’s built for its toughest units  Task & Purpose Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The assessment and selection of special operators is arguably the most mythical training available in the United States military. Rumors fly around the barracks about how hard it is or what percentage will actually graduate. Ridiculous tall tales aside, anyone who attempts these harrowing courses will gain the respect of his or her peers. Read More…

Corporate Sponsorship program available through NCNGA  NGNGA  Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The North Carolina National Guard Association’s Corporate Membership Program is designed to acknowledge those corporations committed to a strong national defense through a well-manned and equipped North Carolina National Guard. Membership includes Exhibit Space at the 2017 NCNGA 56th Annual Convention, scheduled for March 18-19 at Sea Trails Resort in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. Read More…

If you’re willing to give the Army another year, there’s at least $10,000 in it for you  Army Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Soldiers who have the option of leaving the Army before October could land a big pile of money if they stay in — six figures for just 12 more months, in some cases, as well as choice assignments or schools when possible. The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act requires the active Army to get up to 476,000 soldiers in the next eight months, which is 16,000 more than they had planned. Read More…

The Army has successfully tested its ‘hoverbike’  Popular Mechanics Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Back in 2015, the U.S. Army partnered with with Mallory Aeronautics with the hope of building a hoverbike, a rectangular prop-powered flying device that could someday theoretically carry both supplies and troops. The project has been coming along nicely, with successful tests of the device completed early this year. But it seems the role of the “hoverbike” might be changing, with a shift away from manned operation to an emphasis on resupply and delivery. Read More…

Army picks Sig Sauer’s P320 handgun to replace M9 service pistol Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The U.S. Army recently awarded Sig Sauer a contract worth $580 million to make the next service pistol based on the company’s P320 handgun. Sig Sauer beat out Glock Inc., FN America and Beretta USA, the maker of the current M9 9mm service pistol, in the competition for the Modular Handgun System, or MHS, program. Read More…

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